Mueller’s team has agreed to limit the number of questions they ask Trump, and would be willing to allow the president to submit some of his answers in writing.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has finally responded to a request from President Donald Trump‘s legal team about limiting the scope of a potential presidential interview, according to Fox News. After a list of 49 questions Mueller sent to Trump’s team was ‘leaked’ earlier this year, many have argued that the president sitting down with the special counsel would be a legal trap.
Sources told Fox News that Mueller’s team has agreed to limit the number of questions they ask Trump, and would be willing to allow the president to submit some of his answers in writing if he will answer others orally. Mueller’s request doesn’t provide any concrete details about the scope of the “limited” interview, which many argue is a trap to catch Trump. It also raises serious questions about whether Mueller’s team of Clinton and Obama supporters actually believe they’re smarter than Trump and that this wouldn’t possible further harm the special counsel’s credibility.
Fox News reports that Mueller did not agree to the president’s request to limit the potential interview to questions only related to allegations of collusion between the Trump 2016 presidential campaign and Russia. Mueller reportedly wants to ask the president questions that revolve around obstruction of justice and other topics. Rudy Giuliani, the president’s lead attorney, has warned that allowing Mueller and his team such free rein is an attempt to slap the president with perjury charges.
Giuliani told reporters on Wednesday that they received the letter from Mueller on Tuesday, saying, “now we’re in the process of responding to their proposal.”
“I’m not going to give you a lot of hope it’s going to happen,” Giuliani said, referring to a potential presidential interview, adding, “but we’re still negotiating.”
The latest reports surrounding a possible Trump-Mueller face-off come after the president has railed against the special counsel, his never-ending “witch hunt,” and calls for the probe to end.
After a year of investigating, Mueller hasn’t found or produced a shred of evidence against Trump or about collusion. No evidence has been brought forward that the president obstructed justice or broke any laws.
Mueller’s response also comes less than a week after Giuliani said the president’s legal team is preparing a “counter report” to rebut any allegations that Mueller may include in his final report.
As noted by Conservative Daily Post, Giuliani also said he believes Mueller will release his findings on Trump by Sept. 1. He said the president’s legal team will release their “counter report” shortly after.
So, Mueller is willing to limit the number of questions they ask Trump and would allow the president to submit some of his answers in writing if the president will answer others orally.
While many maintain that Trump sitting down with Mueller is a legal trap, the special counsel responding to the White House just days after Giuliani said the president’s legal team was preparing a “counter report” is very telling and interesting.
Time will tell what happens next, but with Giuliani believing Mueller will end his probe within the next month, that leaves very little time for a potential presidential interview.